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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 


5 Debut Questions: Waitress’ Melody A. Betts

Mo Brady

Today on the blog, we welcome Waitress ensemblist Melody A. Betts to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Mainstem. 

Melody A. Betts

Melody A. Betts

1. What is your name and hometown?

Melody A Betts from Chicago, IL.

2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?

Ensemble/Nurse Norma/Becky cover

3. How did you find out you had booked the part?

I was at home in Chicago when my manager and agent phoned me on a three way call. They asked me how I’d feel about being on Broadway and I was like “SHUT. YOUR. MOUTH! Stop playing with me!”

4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?

I’m always surprised at how theater magic is created specifically for each show. Waitress has so many magical moments that, now that I’m apart of the show, I know how they’re being done and what’s being used. It’s been quite a surprise!

5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?

I am so excited that Shoshana Bean is joining our cast. She is absolutely amazing and is acting for her life. I think people will truly enjoy her take on the character Jenna and I cannot wait to play Becky alongside her Jenna.